Carabao Cup draw LIVE! Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle and West Ham learn quarter-final fate

Carabao Cup draw LIVE! Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle and West Ham learn quarter-final fate

Carabao Cup draw - LIVE!

Eight teams remain in the Carabao Cup and all those still involved will be increasingly believing that it could be them at Wembley in February. That is particularly the case this season, with Manchester City and Tottenham knocked out in previous rounds and both Arsenal and Manchester United exiting in tame fashion on Wednesday night.

Chelsea booked their place in the last-eight with a comfortable win over Blackburn but face a much sterner test in December, when they welcome Newcastle to Stamford Bridge. Liverpool remain the favourites to go all the way in the competition and they will back themselves to reach the semi-finals, having been drawn at home to West Ham.

Port Vale and Middlesbrough are the two clubs still in the Carabao Cup from outside of the Premier League, and at least one will be in the last-four after they were drawn against each other. Everton host Fulham in the other quarter-final clash. Follow all the action from the quarter-final draw LIVE below!

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  • Arsenal fall to heavy defeat against West Ham

  • Chelsea ease past Blackburn

  • Fourth-round results in full

Neville: Old Trafford is now the 'Theatre of Nothing'

08:19 , Alex Young

Gary Neville has predicted Erik ten Hag will be sacked by Manchester United as Old Trafford, nicknamed the 'Theatre of Dreams', is now the "Theatre of Nothing".

Newcastle on Wednesday ran out convincing 3-0 winners to reach the Carabao Cup quarter-finals as goals from Miguel Almiron, Lewis Hall and Joe Willock sealed a comfortable victory for a team in the midst of a crippling injury crisis. It was the latest low point of a miserable season for Ten Hag & Co.

United were abject. Neville said during Sky Sports' coverage of the players: "They're just sleeping, they're complaining to the referee, whinging. And whilst they’re whinging, Newcastle are winning."

But it is not the squad nor the manager that Neville blames for United's current malaise, rather the Glazers. And the player-turned-pundit compared the situation to the ongoing inquiry into the British government's handling of the Covid pandemic.

Read more here.


Klopp says it all without words

07:52 , Alex Young

Jurgen Klopp's reaction to Manchester United's exit has gone viral.

It's clear to see why.

Ten Hag: I'm a fighter

07:07 , Alex Young

Erik ten Hag insists he will fight for his Manchester United future after Newcastle piled more pressure on the under-fire boss.

The wretched Red Devils were easily brushed aside 3-0 in a fourth-round repeat of last season's Carabao Cup final at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, with the limp end to their trophy defence following hot on the heels of a one-sided Manchester derby defeat by the same scoreline on Sunday.

It is the first time since 1962 that United have lost back-to-back home games 3-0, while they had previously not lost eight or more of their first 15 matches to start a season since the 1962/63 campaign.

"I am a fighter and I know it is not always going up," he said.

"We have a lot of setbacks this season so far, but also you have to deal with it and that is never an excuse.

"I have said that before I know when there are setbacks the routines are not the same, but even then you have to get results in.

"Obviously, Sunday and tonight were far from that so we have to do things right and at a certain level, at the minimum level to win games."

Read more here.

Thanks for following!

Wednesday 1 November 2023 23:23 , Matt Verri

That wraps up our Carabao Cup coverage.

Those quarter-final matches will take place on the week commencing December 18th, with the semi-finals and final to come in the New Year.

Click here for more on that!


Chelsea in great shape if they progress...

Wednesday 1 November 2023 23:10 , Matt Verri

That's a BIG if though!

Quarter-final draw in full

Wednesday 1 November 2023 23:06 , Matt Verri

Everton vs Fulham

Chelsea vs Newcastle

Port Vale vs Middlesbrough

Liverpool vs West Ham

Liverpool vs West Ham

Wednesday 1 November 2023 23:05 , Matt Verri

David Moyes' side are off to Anfield

Port Vale vs Middlesbrough

Wednesday 1 November 2023 23:05 , Matt Verri

Huge for both!

Chelsea vs Newcastle

Wednesday 1 November 2023 23:04 , Matt Verri

Another home tie for Chelsea

Everton vs Fulham

Wednesday 1 November 2023 23:04 , Matt Verri

Both will fancy that...


Wednesday 1 November 2023 23:03 , Matt Verri

Here we go.

The Carabao Cup quarter-final draw is here. Time to decide these four matches.

One final reminder of the ball numbers...

Wednesday 1 November 2023 22:59 , Matt Verri

1. Middlesbrough

2. Port Vale

3. Liverpool

4. Chelsea

5. Everton

6. Fulham

7. Newcastle

8. West Ham

Klopp winces!

Wednesday 1 November 2023 22:53 , Matt Verri

Draw is coming up in two minutes, we've almost made it.

Until then, here is the Liverpool boss finding out just how badly Man United had been beaten by Newcastle...

Stick with us...

Wednesday 1 November 2023 22:50 , Matt Verri

The draw is imminent, I promise.

Hold up seems to be the fact Manchester United are so bad and more time needs to be given to criticising them.

We've got six weeks until the quarter-final matches are played - should have the draw done by then.

Arteta reacts to Arsenal's tame exit

Wednesday 1 November 2023 22:45 , Matt Verri

Arsenal out of the Carabao Cup tonight after defeat to West Ham, and their manager is not a happy man.

"I'm really disappointed and I am responsible for that," Mikel Arteta has said.

"It wasn't good enough. We didn't compete good enough. I tried to warn them [the players] for 48 hours what was coming and how important it was going to be.

"Overall we were nowhere near the level we needed to show. We didn't threaten enough. I wanted to see much more from my team. There is a lot to improve."

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Stand by!

Wednesday 1 November 2023 22:41 , Matt Verri

Right, enough of the waiting around. The draw is very nearly upon us.

Six Premier League teams in the hat, along with Middlesbrough and Port Vale, who are 16th in the League One and in no real form apart from when the Carabao Cup rolls around!

Newcastle a team to be feared

Wednesday 1 November 2023 22:38 , Matt Verri

Eddie Howe speaking post-match about how much he wants Newcastle to go one better than last season.

They reached the Carabao Cup final on that occasion - very much one of the favourites this term.

The Magpies have already knocked out Manchester City and Manchester United!

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West Ham eye another deep run

Wednesday 1 November 2023 22:32 , Matt Verri

West Ham are now into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup and, after winning the Europa Conference League last season, David Moyes has praised his side’s ability in cup competitions - even if he is hungry for that to translate to the Premier League.

“Maybe we are becoming quite a good cup team possibly,” the West Ham boss said. “I want to be a really good league team if I can be.

“But, if I can’t quite do that, then I have to do well in the cups if we can. Now, we have only won a game against Arsenal tonight, you don’t get any trophies tonight for that.

“But we said that a little bit last year when we were on the run to win the Conference League. You can only take the game and see what’s going to come next. The draws in the cups are always hugely important.”

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Shock winner on the cards?

Wednesday 1 November 2023 22:26 , Matt Verri

Liverpool won the Carabao Cup in 2022, while Chelsea have lifted the trophy on a couple of occasions in the last 15 years or so.

Of the other six teams still in the competition, Middlesbrough in 2004 have won it most recently than anyone else!

Fourth-round results in full!

Wednesday 1 November 2023 22:20 , Matt Verri

Arsenal and Manchester United see their Carabao Cup campaigns end, but Chelsea and Liverpool among those to march on.

Pochettino eyes first trophy

Wednesday 1 November 2023 22:17 , Matt Verri

Could Mauricio Pochettino win some silverware in his first season Stamford Bridge?

It (surely) won't be the Premier League, it won't be in Europe... Carabao Cup a big competition.

Enzo Fernandez was the star for them tonight, shining in a 2-0 win over Blackburn.

Read the full story here!

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(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

All eyes on the quarter-final draw!

Wednesday 1 November 2023 22:13 , Matt Verri

The draw will be coming up very, very shortly. Here's a reminder of the ball numbers:

1 - Middlesbrough

2 - Port Vale

3 - Liverpool

4 - Chelsea

5 - Everton

6 - Fulham

7 - Newcastle United

8 - West Ham United

Newcastle in the hat!

Wednesday 1 November 2023 22:11 , Matt Verri

The Magpies complete the quarter-final lineup, they've absolutely cruised to a 3-0 win at Old Trafford.

Miserable night (again) for Man United, who are also on the receiving end of some social media jabs...

Carabao Cup schedule

Wednesday 1 November 2023 22:07 , Matt Verri

Quarter-final ties are due to be played the week commencing Monday December 18, 2023.

The first legs of the semi-finals will take place on January 8 2024, with the reverse legs a fortnight later.

The aim for everyone is that Wembley final, on February 25 2024.

Fulham in the hat!

Wednesday 1 November 2023 22:02 , Matt Verri

Gone slightly under the radar, with some of the all-Premier League matches taking centre stage, but Fulham have enjoyed a strong side.

They eased past Ipswich to reach the last-eight. A decent quarter-final draw and Wembley will very much come into view.

Derby draw?

Wednesday 1 November 2023 21:54 , Matt Verri

We could well have a Merseyside derby in the quarter-finals.

Both Everton and Liverpool are in the hat - not sure the Toffees will be particularly keen for that to happen!

Results so far tonight...

Wednesday 1 November 2023 21:46 , Matt Verri

West Ham 3-1 Arsenal

Bournemouth 1-2 Liverpool

Chelsea 2-0 Blackburn

Everton 3-0 Burnley

Ipswich 1-3 Fulham

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[object Object] (REUTERS)

That should be that!

Wednesday 1 November 2023 21:41 , Matt Verri

A repeat of last season's final... looks like Manchester United will not be defending their Carabao Cup crown.

They beat Newcastle at Wembley in February, but the Magpies are getting their revenge.

It's 3-0 at Old Trafford with an hour played.

Ball numbers to look out for...

Wednesday 1 November 2023 21:36 , Matt Verri

1 - Middlesbrough

2 - Port Vale

3 - AFC Bournemouth or Liverpool

4 - Chelsea or Blackburn Rovers

5 - Everton or Burnley

6 - Ipswich Town or Fulham

7 - Manchester United or Newcastle United

8 - West Ham United

Stay tuned!

Wednesday 1 November 2023 21:29 , Matt Verri

Don't get anywhere, we'll have full coverage of the quarter-final draw shortly.

All the information on that, including ball numbers and teams involved, coming right up!

FT: West Ham 3-1 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 21:26 , Matt Verri

That was the final kick.

West Ham have knocked Arsenal out of the Carabao Cup, they've cruised into the quarter-finals!

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GOAL! West Ham 3-1 Arsenal | Martin Odegaard 90+5'

Wednesday 1 November 2023 21:24 , Matt Verri

The Gunners have a consolation.

Odegaard's free-kick charged down, but he scores about a minute later.

Lovely move too, Vieira slides it through and Odegaard fires into the far corner.

West Ham 3-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 21:22 , Matt Verri

90+3 mins: Arsenal continue to work it side to side in West Ham territory, just no space for them.

Vieira clattered on the edge of the box, free-kick.

West Ham 3-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 21:19 , Matt Verri

90 mins: Five minutes added on.

Arsenal just want to hear that final whistle.

West Ham 3-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 21:17 , Matt Verri

88 mins: Odegaard tries his luck from distance, Fabianski claims at the second time of asking.

Another West Ham change - Kehrer on for Kudus. Strong showing from the summer signing tonight.

West Ham 3-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 21:14 , Matt Verri

85 mins: West Ham fans in fine voice, party has well and truly started in the stands.

Still a fair few jeers whenever Rice gets the ball - not exactly a happy return for the former West Ham captain.

West Ham 3-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 21:11 , Matt Verri

82 mins: First West Ham change of the night.

Ward-Prowse on, replacing Benrahma who gets a huge ovation. Paqueta then tries to rainbow flick it over Vieira' s head, gives away the free-kick in the process.

West Ham 3-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 21:09 , Matt Verri

80 mins: Odegaard is now on then, replacing Nketiah.

Arsenal's focus now really just needs to be on avoiding any injuries. This match, barring something truly remarkable, is gone.

Malik Ouzia at the London Stadium

Wednesday 1 November 2023 21:07 , Matt Verri

David Moyes, meanwhile, is clearly keeping the likes of Angelo Ogbonna and Pablo Fornals wrapped in cotton wool ahead of Brentford...

Simon Collings at the London Stadium

Wednesday 1 November 2023 21:07 , Matt Verri

Must say I can't agree with this from Arteta.

He has spoken about how Odegaard has a hip issue - and now he is bringing him on with 10 minutes to go when Arsenal are 3-0 down.

West Ham 3-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 21:06 , Matt Verri

77 mins: Fair to say Saka and Martinelli have not changed things since coming on - those changes do seem strange.

So does this one, Odegaard is getting ready to come on.

West Ham 3-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 21:02 , Matt Verri

73 mins: Martinelli concedes the free-kick, West Ham bring the centre-backs up. They want a fourth...

Bowen whips it towards the far post, not a million miles away from causing Ramsdale problems but it's comfortably wide.

West Ham 3-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:59 , Matt Verri

70 mins: It's West Ham still winning every 50/50. Arsenal well off it.

Bowen continues to impress leading the line, holds the ball up really well and wins the free-kick. Not great news for Antonio or Ings...

West Ham 3-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:54 , Matt Verri

66 mins: West Ham briefly down to ten, Bowen off the pitch with a lot of blood coming from a cut around his eye.

Arsenal win a corner, Fabianski off his line to punch the ball away.

Arteta is turning to his bench - Saka and Martinelli coming on! They're not giving up on this yet. Trossard and Nelson off.

West Ham 3-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:52 , Matt Verri

63 mins: This really has been awful since half-time from Arsenal. Second best doesn't do it justice.

Sloppy on the ball, West Ham have just overpowered down. No sign at all of Arsenal threatening to get themselves back in it.

Simon Collings at the London Stadium

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:49 , Matt Verri

Time for Arteta to start thinking about Newcastle. Any chance he can take Rice off

GOAL! West Ham 3-0 Arsenal | Jarrod Bowen 60'

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:48 , Matt Verri

This is getting very ugly for Arsenal!

West Ham have pretty much wrapped it up inside an hour as they make it 3-0.

Coufal's cross in is headed out by White, falls for Bowen just outside the area. Lashes it past Ramsdale, with the help of a deflection.

West Ham 2-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:45 , Matt Verri

57 mins: Some cheers and a fair amount of boos as Rice comes on.

He's replaced Jorginho, with Tomiyasu on for Zinchenko.

Malik Ouzia at the London Stadium

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:45 , Matt Verri

I suspect that if West Ham fans could have wished for a scenario in which Declan Rice would make his return, with his former club 2-0 up would have been fantasy-land.

West Ham 2-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:44 , Matt Verri

55 mins: Paqueta really enjoying himself now.

Strong on the ball, as confident as ever too and giving the hosts the control they need with a two-goal lead. He's having a superb night.

Malik Ouzia at the London Stadium

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:41 , Matt Verri

It was Arsenal who threw away a two-goal lead here in the Premier League last season.

They've got to mount a comeback now.

GOAL! West Ham 2-0 Arsenal | Mohammed Kudus 50'

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:39 , Matt Verri

It's two!

Long ball over the top, far too easy. Kudus brings it down nicely in the box, as Zinchenko gets caught under it.

Onto his left foot, Gabriel not out quick enough and it's drilled into the far corner.

Simon Collings at the London Stadium

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:37 , Matt Verri

Rice, Martinelli and Saka all warming up for Arsenal...

West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:35 , Matt Verri

46 mins: Off the line after 20 seconds!

Jorginho robbed of the ball and Paqueta is immediately striding away from him.

Pass slid through to Bowen, his shot is half-stopped by Ramsdale and White completes the job on his own line.

Back underway!

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:33 , Matt Verri

Second-half has begun at the London Stadium!

Simon Collings at the London Stadium

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:27 , Matt Verri

The Gunners 1-0 down after Ben White's own-goal. Aaron Ramsdale unhappy about the goal as looked like Tomas Soucek pulled his shirt at the corner, but no VAR in use.

Arsenal dominated possession and West Ham yet to have a shot, but still trail.

Disaster for White

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:22 , Matt Verri

Not a moment the Arsenal defender will be desperate to see again.

HT: West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:19 , Matt Verri

Well that wasn't great.

West Ham couldn't care less though, they lead through Ben White's own goal.

Declan Rice has marched straight onto the pitch for a warm-up...

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West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:16 , Matt Verri

45 mins: Two minutes added on.

The hosts look set to take their narrow lead into the break.

Simon Collings at the London Stadium

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:16 , Matt Verri

Not a classic this, all very Carabao.

Intriguing to see how much Arteta calls upon the big guns off the bench to get a result.

West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:15 , Matt Verri

44 mins: Atmosphere has quietened down a fair bit - there's not much to get excited about from either side.

That'll suit the Hammers just fine, heading towards half-time. Arsenal knocking the ball around confidently enough, but it's nothing more than that.

West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:12 , Matt Verri

41 mins: Arsenal have had 70% of the ball, West Ham have had no shots... but it's the Hammers who are leading!

Strange sport.

West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:09 , Matt Verri

38 mins: Big chance for the Gunners, Nketiah can't convert.

Trossard plays the ball over the top for Zinchenko, who has made a great run into the box.

He hooks it into the middle, Nketiah gets there first but he sends the finish miles over the bar.

West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:07 , Matt Verri

36 mins: Wouldn't say this a match full of quality so far.

Havertz's touch at the back post is so bad that it is nicely cushioned straight to Fabianski, before Benrahma sends the ball straight out of play.

The winger then stands still as Nelson cuts inside past him, shot is blocked.

West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:04 , Matt Verri

33 mins: Ball pinged to the back post, Trossard can only volley it straight up into the air.

Havertz opts against something subtle and instead runs straight into his main without even pretending to look at the ball. Free-kick.

Simon Collings at the London Stadium

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:03 , Matt Verri

West Ham 1-0 up after 30 minutes and yet to have a shot on goal. About sums it up.

West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 20:01 , Matt Verri

30 mins: Ramsdale needs to be careful. Home fans getting right on his back whenever he has the ball at his feet, a couple of slightly shaky moments already.

Jorginho just about avoids losing the ball and Arsenal can get on the attack, but the dinked ball into the box is a really poor one.

The Gunners have not got going in the final third.

Malik Ouzia at the London Stadium

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:59 , Matt Verri

The atmosphere at Carabao Cup games can be pretty flat but the home crowd here have been bang up for this ever since the kick-off.

Rice's return no doubt adding a bit of spice to the occasion.

West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:58 , Matt Verri

27 mins: Not a good passage of play for Arsenal.

Nketiah can't hold the ball up, doesn't get the free-kick he wants and Mavropanos can lead the counter. In fact he is the counter, too quick for Jorginho and he runs near enough the length of the pitch to win a corner.

Bowen to the neat post, Alvarez flicks it on and Ramsdale gets the decision as he parries the ball away.

Simon Collings at the London Stadium

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:56 , Matt Verri

Declan Rice heads out to warm up.

It starts with boos and ends with applause.

West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:55 , Matt Verri

25 mins: White looks to make a contribution at the right end this time, looping a header at goal. It looks to be very harmless, but Fabianski is across and opts to turn it behind for a corner - Arsenal will be thrilled with that.

Almost even more thrilled. To the near post, Nketiah up well and in space but he powers the header over.

Rice warming up on the touchline - nice ovation for him.

West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:54 , Matt Verri

23 mins: Moyes will be really happy with how this has gone so far.

Arsenal not really creating anything, and looking very shaky at the back and in midfield when the Hammers do win it back.

Feel like there will be plenty more opportunities for the hosts on the break.

Malik Ouzia at the London Stadium

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:52 , Matt Verri

A couple of times in the last few minutes West Ham have been able to highlight Jorginho's lack of mobility in midfield.

First Bowen putting him under pressure and then Paqueta running away from him.

West Ham 1-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:49 , Matt Verri

18 mins: Arsenal threaten to respond immediately, as Vieira picks out Havertz.

He's got in behind Coufal at the back post, can't make clean contact with the ball though and West Ham clear. Looked like a decent chance.

Simon Collings at the London Stadium

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:48 , Matt Verri

Ramsdale unhappy after that goal and complains to the referee he was fouled by Soucek.

No VAR in use tonight so his complaints fall on deaf ears.

GOAL! West Ham 1-0 Arsenal | Ben White OG 16'

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:47 , Matt Verri

The hosts take the lead!

Gabriel nods the ball behind for a corner, up come the West Ham defenders.

They're not needed though - Bowen fires the corner in at the near post and White heads into his own net! Disastrous.

Malik Ouzia at the London Stadium

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:45 , Matt Verri

Must be a record for the furthest Said Benrahma has ever tracked back, that.

David Moyes in disbelief.

West Ham 0-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:45 , Matt Verri

14 mins: Coufal flings the ball long into the box, it's flicked on but Arsenal do well to clear.

And now they are away on the break, Nelson driving forward on the left. Benrahma tracks him all the way though and wins it back - home fans loved that.

Simon Collings at the London Stadium

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:44 , Matt Verri

Few bright moments from Havertz early on.

It is noticeable how Ramsdale is looking to find him from long kicks forward, with Havertz acting as focal point - even from midfield.

West Ham 0-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:42 , Matt Verri

11 mins: Arsenal as you'd expect dominating the ball, but that won't bother West Ham at all.

The Gunners try and force it, clipping the ball long and Emerson can duck under it to let it run out for a goal-kick.

West Ham 0-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:40 , Matt Verri

8 mins: Alvarez too keen to make a challenge out wide, gifts a free-kick to Arsenal.

Nelson whips it into the middle, Havertz with the flick-on and Fabianski reacts well to turn it over the bar for a corner.

Soucek there in his own six-yard box to head clear.

West Ham 0-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:37 , Matt Verri

6 mins: Brilliant defending from Mavropanos.

Nelson just skips Aguerd, gets to the byline and cuts it back into the six-yard box. Nketiah is lurking, waiting for a tap-in, but Mavropanos is there against his former club to clear.

Malik Ouzia at the London Stadium

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:36 , Matt Verri

I thought David Moyes got it the wrong way round on Sunday when he started with Lucas Paqueta out wide and Mohammed Kudus through the centre.

It's the other way around tonight and that should help the Brazilian get more involved while giving Kudus the chance to run at Zinchenko, who can be susceptible one-on-one.

West Ham 0-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:35 , Matt Verri

5 mins: Paqueta is away for West Ham, it's briefly three-on-two.

He's driving down the left for the hosts, waits for Bowen to make the run... overhits the pass and it's straight through to Ramsdale. Real waste.

West Ham 0-0 Arsenal

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:33 , Matt Verri

2 mins: Ramsdale's first touch of the ball, he launches it miles up the pitch and straight back to the West Ham defenders.

Advantage Raya...


Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:31 , Matt Verri

Up and running!

Here we go!

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:28 , Matt Verri

Teams are out onto the pitch at the London Stadium.

West Ham fans might be feeling a bit more confident after seeing the teams - their side a very strong one tonight.

Together again... briefly

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:25 , Matt Verri

David Moyes over to say hello to a very familiar face in the warm-ups.

Simon Collings at the London Stadium

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:21 , Matt Verri

As was case in last round, Hein on bench over Raya.

Raya here, though, as third goalkeeper and part of the warm-up with Ramsdale and Hein.

Not long now!

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:16 , Matt Verri

Kick-off coming up in just over under 15 minutes, warm-ups very nearly done.

It's put to David Moyes ahead of the match that his side need to break their poor run of form.

"We've had a great run of form to be honest - we've had a bad week," the West Ham boss is quick to say.

Moyes: Rice should be welcomed back

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:08 , Matt Verri

David Moyes has called on West Ham fans to welcome Declan Rice back with open arms tonight.

The former Hammers captain left the club to join Arsenal in a £105million deal in the summer and this marks his first return to east London, even if he is only named on the bench.

Rice walked away on a high after leading West Ham to their first major silverware in 43 years in last season’s Europa Conference League final in Prague.

Despite that trophy-winning legacy, however, not all Irons fans gave Rice’s departure their blessing, the Englishman having rejected several offers of a lucrative new contract and spoken openly about his desire to play Champions League football.

"I hope we'll see Declan back,” Moyes said. “This is the man who lifted the first European trophy in 50 years at West Ham. He should be welcomed back with open arms.

"He was a brilliant member of the team and conducted himself impeccably as a West Ham captain. I'm really looking forward to seeing him. I'm not sure I want him to play! But I hope he is there."

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Arteta delivers Carabao Cup verdict

Wednesday 1 November 2023 19:00 , Matt Verri

Mikel Arteta says his Arsenal players would have to be “very arrogant” to turn their noses up at the Carabao Cup.

By this stage last season, the Gunners were already out having been beaten in the third round by Brighton, but with their side at that stage top of the Premier League, few supporters lost much sleep over the defeat.

Unlike last term, Arsenal are also juggling Champions League football alongside their title aspirations this season and Arteta concedes that the least prestigious of the four major honours up for grabs will not be top of most fans’ wish lists.

“I don’t know if we can convince them,” Arteta said. “If you ask about what the priority would be, it wouldn’t be the Carabao Cup for sure."

“I don’t think the players think like that,” he added, when asked whether players, too, saw the benefit that an early exit could have in decongesting the fixture list.

“I think they get really upset when they lose. After you are out you try to look at the bigger picture and say, ‘ Ok, now we’re going to use it in a different way.’ But if you ask someone what they want to do [tonight], for sure they want to win the game.”

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(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Simon Collings and Malik Ouzia at the London Stadium

Wednesday 1 November 2023 18:56 , Matt Verri

Interesting calls from both managers when it comes to the team news.

Our Arsenal and West Ham correspondents have been giving their thoughts ahead of kick-off.

Rice a bit more popular behind the scenes...

Wednesday 1 November 2023 18:51 , Matt Verri

Plenty of familiar faces to say hello to for the former West Ham captain.

Simon Collings at the London Stadium

Wednesday 1 November 2023 18:48 , Matt Verri

PA announcer just now at the London Stadium: "Hello and welcome for tonight's Carabao Cup game. It's the return of...Arsenal."

Declan Rice's name read out and a few boos from the small number of fans here so far.

Changes for the visitors

Wednesday 1 November 2023 18:40 , Matt Verri

So then, Mikel Arteta does indeed shuffle his pack as expected.

The likes of Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and William Saliba are on the bench, while Declan Rice will have to wait if he is to feature against his former club.

Chance for Aaron Ramsdale to impress in goal, while Kai Havertz needs a strong night in midfield.

It's a lot closer to full-strength for West Ham, even if James Ward-Prowse drops to the bench. Jarrod Bowen leads the line, with Michail Antonio and Danny Ings out of form.

Another opportunity for Mohammed Kudus, while Lucas Paqueta and Edson Alvarez both start ahead of their Premier League suspensions.

 (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

West Ham team news

Wednesday 1 November 2023 18:34 , Matt Verri

Starting XI: Fabianski; Coufal, Mavropanos, Aguerd, Emerson, Alvarez, Soucek, Kudus, Paqueta, Benrahma, Bowen

Subs: Areola, Cresswell, Ward-Prowse, Fornals, Antonio, Cornet, Ings, Ogbonna, Kehrer

Arsenal team news

Wednesday 1 November 2023 18:31 , Matt Verri

Starting XI: Ramsdale; White, Gabriel, Kiwior, Zinchenko; Jorginho, Vieira, Havertz; Nelson, Nketiah, Trossard

Subs: Hein, Cedric, Tomiyasu, Saliba, Rice, Elneny, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli

Stand by...

Wednesday 1 November 2023 18:24 , Matt Verri

Teams news from the London Stadium coming up next.

Both sides expected to make changes, with European matches adding to a hectic fixture list.

Just how much rotation there is will be revealed in the next five minutes or so.

Liverpool top of the market

Wednesday 1 November 2023 18:17 , Matt Verri

It's Liverpool who are currently favourites to go all the way in the Carabao Cup this season - they travel to Bournemouth tonight.

Arsenal well-fancied too, while you can expect those West Ham odds to be cut significantly if they knock out the Gunners to reach the quarter-finals.

Carabao Cup 2023 latest odds:

Liverpool 100/30

Arsenal 4/1

Man Utd 5/1

Chelsea 11/2

Newcastle 15/2

West Ham 14/1

Fulham 20/1

Everton 25/1

Via Betway.

 (Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
(Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

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